Supply Chain Management - A Three Dimensional Framework

Vishal Gupta, Naseem Abidi, Asit Bandyopadhayay


The concept of Supply ChainManagement (SCM) embraced the concern for environmental degradation and socialresponsibility in business management. This inclusiveness of ideas to SCM isbeing deliberated by the researchers as Sustainable Supply Chain Management(SSCM). The research paper employs integrative literature review approach toreview, assess critically, and synthesize representative literature on thetopic in an integrated way to suggest a new perspective of a three-dimensionalframework. The paper integrates the idea of sustainability in supply chainmanagement and suggests a Supply Chain (SC), Management (M) and Sustainability(S) as three dimensions of SSCM and delineates its constituents and theirinter-relationships. The three levels of sustainability dimensions such asinnovation, environment and social have similar hierarchical structure asoperational, tactical and strategic levels of management.  To make a SC sustainable, all SC actors haveto ensure their performance on all the three levels of management andsustainability dimension.  The frameworkis comprehensive and will help the practitioners to have a betterconceptualization, design and plan for a sustainable supply chain.

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